Monitor Sugar Water Levels in Your Hummingbird Feeder

Sugar water for hummingbirds is often dyed red. Here’s one way to avoid using food coloring, while still monitoring the levels of sugar water from afar.

| April/May 2016

  • hummingbird feeder
    Prevent the water levels in your hummingbird feeder from getting too low by implementing this simple idea.
    Photo by Fotolia/chiyacat

  • hummingbird feeder

In the past, I made my own sugar water for hummingbirds, and I always added a little red food coloring so I could look out the window and see how much water was left in the feeder. Recently, I ran out of food coloring, so I came up with the idea to cut a small length of red drinking straw and put it in with the liquid. The red straw floats on top, making it easy to see from my window.

If you do this, make sure to cut the straw as small as the narrowest part of your feeder so it won’t get stuck as the liquid levels drop. 

Betty Brewer
Hollytree, Alabama






Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: February, 16-17 2019
Belton, TX

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

LEARN MORE






Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).


Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard
Free Product Information Classifieds

}